After an approximately 2,300-nautical mile sail from San Diego to Hawaiʻi, Polynesian voyaging canoe Hikianalia and her crew are expected to arrive at the Marine Education and Training Center at Sand Island on Tuesday, December 11, depending on weather conditions. As of this morning at 10 a.m. (HST), the canoe was approximately 560 nautical miles away from Oʻahu and traveling at a speed of 3.8 knots.
Hikianalia departed Honolulu on August 18, 2018 and made landfall at Half Moon Bay, California on Sept. 10, 2018. While in California, the canoe made stops in San Francisco, Sausalito, Monterey, Ventura County, Redondo Beach, Catalina Island and Orange County before making a final stop in San Diego. While in San Francisco, the voyagers shared a message about the importance of ocean stewardship at the Global Climate Action Summit and other events focused on environmental and cultural preservation. Each port stop began with an arrival ceremony hosted by the indigenous and local communities of the area. The crew held public presentations, school visits and dockside canoe tours to share the history and legacy of Polynesian voyaging and the mission of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.